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Ellwood City Area Public Library Activities for the Week of Feb. 22, 2016

Activities taking place at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. – Creative Writing Workshop for students in 9th grade and up. The group meets twice each month to share their work and discuss writing tips and techniques. New members are always welcome, so call the library at 724-758-6458 for more information. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. — “Coloring for Adults,” a weekly program that is free and open to the public. “Coloring for Adults” is a new concept in helping to reduce the stresses of everyday life. Those attending may…


CCBC PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM RANKED #1 IN PENNSYLVANIA

Monaca, Pa. – Nursing experts at PracticalNursing.org ranked the Community College of Beaver County Practical Nursing (PN) program the #1 Program in Pennsylvania in 2015. The organization reviewed the results of the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) over the past 5 years to determine how well a school is preparing students for a career as a practical nurse. For nine out of the last ten years, CCBC has boasted an NCLEX-PN pass-rate of 100 percent. “First-time NCLEX pass rates are a significant measure of student achievement and educational quality in any pre-licensure nursing program. They have been…


Photos: CVS Deconstruction Crews

Deconstruction crews are now working on taking apart the church brick by brick, apparently beginning with the archway facing Fifth Street, which has now been all but removed. Shingles have also been removed facing Spring Avenue. There are minor traffic stops on Spring Ave west of Fifth Street, so taking an alternative route may be preferable. Photos by Jonathan Cortez/EllwoodCity.org


Perry Township Board of Supervisors 2016 Reorganization Meeting

The Perry Township Board of Supervisors held their reorganization meeting at 4 p.m. with their regular meeting immediately following on Monday, Jan. 4 at the Perry Township Municipal Building. Supervisors in attendance were John Zias, James Radich, Tim Boots, Secretary/Treasurer Janice Marshall and Solicitor Greg Fox. No visitors attended. The following appointments were made for the 2016: Board Appointments Chairman position: Boots motioned and Radich second for John Zias to be Chairman of the Board. Motion passed with all voting in favor. Vice-Chairman position: Zias motioned and Radich second for Tim Boots to be Vice-Chairman of the Board. Motion passed…


Lincoln Senior Cheerleaders Receive Awards

Members of the Lincoln High School Cheering Squads gathered for their annual banquet at Connoquenessing Country Club on Feb. 16. Seniors recognized were: Danielle Bodenshatz, Hannah Kauffman and Sophia Gagliano. Coaches were head coach Karen Steilner, junior varsity coach Kim Magnifico, and junior high coach Kristen Carsele. The following awards were presented to the seniors: Academic Award-Hannah Kaufman Spirit Award- Danielle Bodenshatz Captains awards – Danielle Bodenshatz, Hannah Kaufman and Sophia Gagliano John Sovich, Lincoln High School Assistant Principal was present at the awards presentation. Other members of the Varsity Cheering Squad are: Juniors: Alyssa Myers, Allyson Peffer, Giana Rangle,…


Property Tax/Rent Rebates Now Available in Senator Vogel’s District Offices

Applications are now available for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and qualified individuals should file as soon as possible, according to Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The program is open to state residents age 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 or older; and, 100 percent disabled people 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of Social Security income excluded. The deadline for filing an application is July 1…


Ellwood City Borough Council February Meeting Brief

The following is a brief summary of the Ellwood City Borough Council meeting held on Feb. 15, 2016. Announcements Picnic shelter reservations will begin on the fourth Monday in February (Feb. 22) for Borough residents and beginning on the fourth Monday in March (Mar. 28) for non-Borough residents. Commendations Loccisano’s Golden Dawn grocery store was presented with a commendation for its 100 year anniversary. Appointments/Resignations A motion was passed appointing Joseph Trocci to the Recreation Board for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2018. The motion passed 6-1 with Vice President David DeCaria dissenting. DeCaria supported the other candidate, Caleb Cragle….


Leslie Sabo (Sims Street) Bridge Safety Inspection Operations

Bridge Safety Inspection operations on the Leslie Sabo (Sims Street) Bridge in the Borough of Ellwood City will begin on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. The work will be completed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Traffic will be maintained through the work area but expect minor delays. It’s anticipated that the work will be completed by the end of the workday on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.


Corona D’Italia Valentines Meeting

Corona D’Italia Lodge #807 held their monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. at Pizza Joe’s. The session began with a pizza luncheon hosted by President Clemmy Sirimarco and served by trustee Pudue LaCava, member Jackie Court and sentinel Lois DiFrischia. The business session followed with financial reports presented by treasurer Louise Vitullo. She noted that 2016 yearly dues are payable by contacting her. Orator Valerie Valentino, Chairman of the Corona D’Italia Memorial Scholarship, presented the requirements for senior students to apply for the $500 Lodge scholarship. Applicants must be a child or grandchild of an active member of…


Winter Storm Results in First Snow Day of the School Year for Ellwood City

At the Ellwood City Area school board meeting last Thursday, Feb 11, Superintendent Joe Mancini said that students will still have Monday off because there hasn’t been a snow day yet. A few school board members responded with, “Don’t say that yet!” It was semi-prescient. Students did indeed have Monday, designated as a snow-makeup day, off. Ironically, the first snow day of the year came yesterday, giving students a four-day weekend. Both Ellwood and Riverside districts had cancellations. For Ellwood, the next snow-makeup day is March 24, the Thursday before Good Friday. The winter storm also caused the Riverside girls…